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Lexus GS 430, Acura RL, BMW 5 Series, Volvo S80, Audi A6, Infiniti M35, Infiniti M45, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Cadillac STS, Sedan
#4261 of 10348 Hello Wise Ones. PLEASE advise…
Oct 12, 2005 (10:41 am)
I need a luxury/entry-luxury vehicle for city driving, that is also capable of handling the mountains, all for under $33K.
My work requires shuttling executives (luxury/class). My personal life includes being both a single guy in Los Angeles (style) AND spending significant time in the mountains (awd or stability control).
Also, the vehicle should make me look older/more executive than my age (early 30’s), without looking pretentious.
I will probably finance a certified pre-owned, to leverage a more luxurious vehicle at a more affordable price.
What car do you think would be best vehicle for luxury, value, style, residual, reliability and driving impressions?? Perhaps:
2005 G35 X awd sedan: a bit “boy racer”?
2003 Audi A6 2.5T or 3 quattro: spendy and (supposedly) unreliable?
2003 or 2004 Lexus ES330: uninspiring, and fwd?
2003 or 2004 Acura TL: uninspiring, and fwd?
2003 Jaguar S-Type: pretentious, no awd?
2004 Cadillac CTS: unsophisticated, unreliable, no awd?
2004 Lincoln LS: unophisticated, unreliable, no awd?
2003 BMW 530: expensive, old style, no awd?
2003 or 2004 Volvo S80 2.5 T awd: uninspiring and unreliable?
I am considering keeping my Tacoma truck for the mountains, and using a sedan (such as above) for mostly city driving. Perhaps this would allow for a more affordable FWD (such as an ES330). Otherwise, a truck might smell like mountain gear when I return on Monday and pick up executive clients...however an fwd might be unsafe for my mountain driving.
If I had to choose, I would say A6, BMW 530, G35, ES330…but each has distinct disadvantages.
Thanks for your opinion!
Oct 12, 2005 (10:46 am)
Volvo S60 AWD?
A nicer drive than the S80....
Otherwise, I say the G35X AWD...
#4263 of 10348 Re: Hello Wise Ones. PLEASE advise… [hheelloo]
Oct 12, 2005 (10:48 am)
Have you also considered the 330xi?
#4264 of 10348 Re: Hello Wise Ones. PLEASE advise… [docnukem]
Oct 12, 2005 (10:51 am)
I perceived the Volvo S60 awd and the BMW 330xi to lack rear leg room for shuttling executive clients during the week...?
#4265 of 10348 Re: Hello Wise Ones. PLEASE advise… [hheelloo]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Oct 12, 2005 (10:55 am)
That may be true of the 330xi.. but, I think the S60 has as much rear seat room as the 530i...
At least that is my perception...
Oct 12, 2005 (10:57 am)
Do people perceive the BMW 330 (X) sedan as "junior exec" (such as the A4)?
#4267 of 10348 Re: 330 [hheelloo]
Oct 12, 2005 (11:13 am)
Not me. I perceive it as an ultimate driving machine. Plus the size has its advantages. The "junior" and "exec" aspect have no influence on me. YMMV.
#4268 of 10348 Re: Hello Wise Ones. PLEASE advise… [hheelloo]
Oct 12, 2005 (11:16 am)
Assuming you keep the truck, how about a previous generation Lexus GS430? A nice mix of luxury, performance and reliability that is appropriate for an up and coming "30 something" executive. There should be plenty 03's coming off of lease shortly,and they run in the low $30's. Given this is your work vehicle, you want reliability to be a high priority, and I'd be hestitant to buy a used premium European model for this reason.
#4269 of 10348 Re: Hello Wise Ones. PLEASE advise… [hheelloo]
Oct 12, 2005 (11:24 am)
You have a lot of considerations and need to weigh your preferences I think. I would favor the 330xi but if shuttling execs is high on the list I definitely would lean toward the 530. I have a friend who puts big time miles around LA (and the mountains) and has a 525... loves it.
#4270 of 10348 Re: .. [kyfdx]
Oct 12, 2005 (11:29 am)
I really like the 2005 G35x sedan (value, performance, entry-luxury, reliability, residual). It seems like the smart money.
My only concern is my being perceived by my exec clients as too "junior" (due to my relatively youthful exec appearance AND my vehicle).
I look forward to forum feedback on this perception (for both G35x and 330x).